Tachibana-dera Temple (橘寺)
A Tendai Buddhist temple located in Asuka Village, Takaichi County, Nara Prefecture. According to legend, the temple was erected by Prince Shotoku himself on the site where he was born. The grounds were once quite large and hosted numerous halls and other structures; today, however, only a few structures rebuilt in 1864 such as the main temple building and the Kannon hall still stand. The temple’s principal object of worship, a designated Important Cultural Property, is a wooden seated statue of Prince Shotoku and is the oldest carving of the prince in existence. The Nimen-seki, or Two-Faced Stone, found on the temple grounds, represents good and evil; the Shoso-den hall, which houses the temple’s treasures, is specially opened to the public in spring and autumn.
Nara Pref. Takaichigunasukamura Tachibana 532 (Asuka / Kashihara / SakuraiArea)
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The birthplace of Crown Prince Shotoku in 572, this is
a beautiful complex of buildings, including Ohjoin, a...
- Nara Pref. Takaichigunasukamura Tachibana 532 [map]
- open everyday
- [Admission fee to worship]
[Adults/University students] 350yen
[Junior/High school students] 300yen
[Elementary School Students] 150yen
- Parking Lot
- Credit Card
- Not available
Information Sources: NAVITIME JAPAN
- On foot aboutminutes
- about m
- Route from this Station Route from this Bus Stop Route from this IC Route from this Parking
Nearby Tourist Attractions
With a reputation almost as stellar as that of Kyoto, Nara is a must-visit for those searching for the remains of "traditional Japan." The largely green Nara city holds the majority of the prefecture’s treasures, such as the iconic Todai-ji Temple, in which a 15-meter tall Great Buddha sits, and Nara Park, where deer flock to befriend passersby. While mountains are by no means hard to come by in this area, for hiking with a reward, head to the Kii Mountains’ Yoshino district in spring, when the hillsides put on an impressive display of white and pink cherry blossoms.